It was his best performance in a Chelsea shirt – Pat Nevin hails Chelsea player for performance against Liverpool

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Chelsea legend Pat Nevin has hailed Mateo Kovacic’s performance in the 2-2 draw against Liverpool as his best performance in a Chelsea shirt.

The Chelsea midfielder scored a stunner and dominated the midfield playing alongside N’Golo Kante.

Nevin told Chelsea’s official website: “There was no doubt there were some brilliant performances from the boys in blue.

“You could go through most of the team but you would have to start with the engine room where Mateo Kovacic had arguably his best performance in a Chelsea shirt, which is high praise considering the standards he has attained in the past.

“There was a period in the second half when his touch was so divine the Chelsea fans in the stadium started making strange noises.

“It wasn’t applause or shouts of encouragement when he pulled a ball out of the air after it appeared to have come down with snow on it, or after he went past three players when there seemed nowhere to go but then emerged with the ball and with his balance to set up yet another attack – there was something close to gasps from the stands.

“His goal was worth the admission fee on its own, for the outrageous technique, the style, the imagination, and the timing. I felt particularly happy as I had just said to Jason Cundy and Ben Andrews on the Chelsea website and 5th Stand app commentary if we get a goal back before half-time this is definitely not beyond us. Okay, we got two, but you get the point.”

Nevin also praised N’Golo Kante, Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy for their performances against Liverpool.

Nevin added: “While Kova was doing his thing, N’Golo Kante was being his average superhuman self, making world-class plays the way the rest of us breathe in and out, without even apparently thinking about it. There were classic performances from Thiago Silva and Edouard Mendy among others but none of these performances, however enjoyable and impressive, were the main thing I took from the game where a point was the very least we deserved, even when we were 2-0 down.

“It was the spirit of the group that slapped me in the face like the proverbial wet haddock. It was impossible to be anything other than proud of the lads for the comeback, the work-rate and willingness to work selflessly as a team for each other.”

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